713: The Art of Gaining Interest with Chris Williams

This week’s Q&A Episode features actor, comedian, and magician Chris Williams.

His resume is as diverse as his performance credits. You may know him as Hoover from Silicon Valley, Krazee Eyez Killa from Curb Your Enthusiasm, or Dwight from Dodgeball. He also just happens to be related to former Miss America and actress Vanessa Williams.

Regardless of where you may recognize him, after two and half decades in the industry, he has become a natural at gaining people’s interest and getting noticed. In our conversation, Chris shares what he’s learned about breaking the ice, making powerful impressions, how to handle rejection, and more. He also helps Johnny & AJ answer questions from our audience.


“Own who you are as you enter a room, what you can contribute and what you bring to the table.” – Chris Williams



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You’ll learn about Chris…


  • How his sibling rivalry inspired pride and drive to carve his own path.
  • Why acting (and life) is like surfing – and why enjoying the wait for the perfect wave is not wasted time.
  • How to use door frames to actually “frame” your first impression, and other techniques to make a powerful first impression learned from the auditioning
  • What Toblerone chocolates and the power of acknowledgment have in common.



And Chris helps Johnny & AJ tackle YOUR Questions:


  • “What’s the smoothest ice-breaking technique you can come up with? – Ben
  • “Any good tricks for getting people to put down their phones and start talking?” – Matthew
  • “What is the easiest way to eject out of a low-value conversation, that you realize you are not interested in talking to?” – Bruno
  • “What are the signs to look for when someone finds a question uninteresting?” – Jeff
  • “How do you identify if eye contact is meaningful or awkward?” – Trent


There is no magical combination of words. In reality, it’s taking an interest in the other person – AJ


We weren’t all born as confident and charismatic as Chris Williams. You’ll hear in the episode, even he had to learn how to have faith in himself in his early career. From July 22 to July 28, we are hosting a 7-Day Sprint to Confidence Challenge. You can join by CLICKING HERE. You’ll be surrounded by fellow confidence seekers and supported by our AoC Coaching Staff.

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A big thank you to Chris. We’re grateful he was able to make the time to help us figure out how to break the ice and gain people’s interest – which he practices daily as a working actor.


AND for inspiring us to eat fermented shark while in Iceland… a memory we won’t soon forget!


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